Peter Cunningham

Peter Cunningham, Executive Director of Education Post

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Peter Cunningham is the Executive Director of Education Post, a Chicago-based non-profit communications organization supporting efforts to improve public education. He recently served as Assistant Secretary for Communications and Outreach in the U.S. Department of Education during the Obama Administration’s first term. Prior to that he worked with Arne Duncan when he was CEO of the Chicago Public Schools.

He is affiliated with Whiteboard Advisors, a DC-based education policy and research firm and serves on several non-profit board, including Great Schools, The Montessori School of Englewood, Manufacturing Renaissance, and Foolproofme.com.

Peter founded Cunningham Communications, serving public, private and non-profit clients, worked for political consultant David Axelrod, and was a senior advisor and speechwriter for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.

A native New Yorker, Peter began his career as a journalist with small weekly newspapers in New York. He earned an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University and a B.A. in Philosophy from Duke University. He is married to an artist, Jackie Kazarian, and they have two adult children who are proud graduates of Chicago Public Schools.

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Posted June 14, 2016
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Our Student Demographics Are Shifting and It’s Time We Embraced It

“I am America. I am the part you won’t recognize. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name,…

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Posted June 11, 2016
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The Common Core Emphasizes Close Reading. Its Critics Should Try That Sometime.

Note the nuance in a press release from the ACT regarding an analysis of the Common Core State Standards based…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted June 10, 2016
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Maybe All Men Are Created Equal, But All Kids Aren’t Treated Equitably

All men are created equal, says the Declaration of Independence, but it doesn’t mean all kids are treated equal. In…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted June 6, 2016
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Education Reformers Are Talking About Race and They Should Be

Ed reform circles are getting all worked up about race. Chicago charter parent and educator Marilyn Rhames started the conversation…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted May 19, 2016
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Diane Ravitch and Carol Burris Attack Anyone Who Disagrees

Recently, a prominent American citizen released a video urging the next president of the United States to spend one day…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted May 18, 2016
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Why Both Political Parties Need Education Reform

Conservatives argue that markets will solve social problems more efficiently and effectively than the public sector while liberals insist that…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted May 12, 2016
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Does LAUSD Want to Protect Children or a Bloated Bureaucracy?

Across America, parents are demanding more and better educational options for their children while teachers unions and bureaucrats desperately fight…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted May 9, 2016
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Why Evaluating Teachers Is Really Hard to Do

I recently had dinner with two teachers who told me that in their combined 38 years of teaching they have…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Apr. 27, 2016

Statement by Peter Cunningham on 12th-Grade NAEP Scores

Statement from Education Post Executive Director Peter Cunningham on the 2015 NAEP scores for 12th-graders, which dipped slightly in reading and…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Apr. 22, 2016
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Look, I’m Not the Enemy But Investing in Education Without Accountability Just Doesn’t Work

My recent visit to the Network for Public Education’s annual conference in North Carolina has yielded much fruit. In addition…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted June 29, 2016
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Here’s What I Learned as the Token Latino Student in College

Looking back at my experience as a first-generation college student, I admittedly had no clue what I was doing. I nodded my head and asked…

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Posted June 27, 2016
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Here’s How We Help Our Students Take ‘Pride’ in Who They Are

Coming out is never simple or easy, but it’s especially tough when you’re a teacher. The first time I “came out” to my students, it…

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Posted June 30, 2016
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Here’s Why L.A.’s New Changes to Teacher Evaluation Are Bad for Students and Teachers

The nation’s teacher unions used their lobbying muscle to make sure the new Every Student Succeeds Act ended the Obama administration’s pressure on states and…

By Thomas Toch

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